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Camier over a second quicker in post-race test
3 April 2012
Crescent Fixi Suzuki's Leon Camier was a full second faster than his best time of the race weekend at Imola during the post-race shakedown after using a new Yoshimura-powered engine.
Camier completed 57 laps on his GSX-R1000 and his best lap of 1m 47.238s was over half a second under the current lap record as he ended the test third overall on the timesheets behind Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea.
He failed to finish race one on Sunday after tangling with Joan Lascorz but battled his way through from 15th place in race two to finish eighth.
Reflecting on the test, Camier said: “That was a long, hard day but I'm happy with the progress we made. We were able to try out lots of different things, without the pressure and stress of a race weekend, and we have made significant steps forward.
“We've put in a lot of laps and got a lot done in many areas. The new-spec Yoshimura engine we tried is a good improvement, but there's more to come and that makes me feel very optimistic about the future,” he added.
“It was good to finish in the top three and also beat the lap record.”
The British ace was satisfied with eighth in race two at Imola but rued his position on the grid, which the Crescent Suzuki man says ruined his chances of challenging for a top six finish.
“I'm pretty happy to get eighth place in the second race and think I could've finished even higher, if it hadn't been for my grid position. I started pretty aggressively, but soon fell into a good rhythm,” he said.
“I was lapping strongly at the end and was catching the group ahead, so who knows what would've happened with a better grid position.
“This series is very competitive and you have to be on the first two rows of the grid if you are to have any chance of a podium so, all things considering, eighth is pretty good.”
Camier's team-mate, John Hopkins, only managed 11 laps during the test as he struggled with discomfort in his arm.